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Characterization of Microbial Communities in Household Washing Machines

Although microbial contaminations of domestic appliances are believed to gain importance, especially due to the trend towards lower cleaning temperatures, little is known about the existing microbial communities inside household washing machines. This study aimed to improve the knowledge of microbial composition of biofilms within household washing machines using a cultural-independent technology. Biofilms inside the detergent drawer and the rubber door seal of household washing machines were analysed using the 454-pyrosequencing method. The microbial community inside washing machines appeared to be highly diverse with Proteobacteria as the main prokaryotic and Basidiomycota and Ascomycota as the main fungal colonizers.
Tenside Surf. Det. 52 (2015) 6. http://www.hanser-elibrary.com/doi/pdf/10.3139/113.110394

Author: Ilka D. Nix, André Frontzek and Dirk P. Bockmühl

Published: 01/06/2015

Publication Type: Journal article